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India poised to overtake Japan as No.3 solar PV market in 2017

According to reports, with 8.8 GW of projected capacity addition (growth of 76 per cent over 2016) in 2017, India is set to become the third largest solar PV market, overtaking Japan, according to a report by solar energy consulting firm Bridge to India. By the end of 2017, India’s solar power capacity is expected to touch 18.7 GW, which will be about five per cent of global solar capacity, growing by 89 per cent over last year. As of ... Read More »

Mumbai society switches to solar power, will save ₹5 lakh a year

According to reports, Grace Co-operative Housing Society, Vasant Oscar, Mulund (West), switched to solar energy last month and will save Rs 5 lakh per annum in electricity bills, which means a monthly saving of Rs41,000. It got solar panels installed that help light up elevators and common areas of five buildings in the society, which has 160 apartments. The residents of the society have also been segregating their organic waste and recycling it to manure to ensure the 100-odd trees they ... Read More »

BHEL solar energy portfolio crosses 370 MW mark

According to reports, State-run power equipment maker BHEL today said its solar energy portfolio crossed the 370 MW mark in 2016-17. BHEL ended 2016-17 with a significant solar PV portfolio of 370 MW, comprising 360 MW ground-mounted power plants and 10 MW rooftop power plants, a company statement said. According to the statement, out of 370 MW, 170 MW of BHEL-supplied ground-mounted and 2,290 KW of rooftop power plants are already under operation at various locations. During the year, BHEL ... Read More »

‘Electric mobility is the only way to get renewables in transportation’

According to reports, Mobility, is one of the pioneers in the electric mobility space, clocking more than 18 years on the track. After many years of trials and tribulations with Reva (now Mahindra Reva), Maini has finally moved on to building an entire ecosystem of renewable energy-based infrastructure with his new venture Sun Mobility. In an interview with ETtech, Chetan Maini, the vice-chairman of Sun, talks about his first venture, government policies, Elon Musk and why his new platform is cost ... Read More »

Praj opens India’s first second-generation bio-refinery for renewable fuels

According to reports, Praj Industries on Sunday announced the opening of India’s first integrated bio-refinery for renewable fuels and chemicals which will use a variety of agricultural residues to produce a variety of products. The second-generation bio-refinery demonstration plant, inaugurated by union minister Nitin Gadkari, is capable of producing 1 million litres per annum (MLPA) of ethanol by processing a variety of agri-residue like rice and wheat straw, cotton stalk, bagasse, cane trash, corn cobs and stover, etc, with superior ... Read More »

Step up wind power capacity to be auctioned, says industry

According to reports, the wind industry has welcomed the launch of the second round of auction of wind power capacity for 1,000 MW, but has unequivocally said “not enough”. Ramesh Kymal, Chairman and Managing Director of Gamesa India, the country’s biggest wind turbine company, wants 3,000 MW of capacity auctioned now and another 3,000 MW by October, and another 3,000 MW in the last quarter of the year. “Only then will the market momentum achieved last year be maintained,” Kymal ... Read More »

Commission to fix feed-in tariff for solar power

According to reports, for the first time in the country , a feed-in tariff for rooftop solar power will be fixed by the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) soon. State power utility Tangedco has proposed the new tariff to resolve the net-metering problems faced by rooftop power generators. Many individuals, schools, colleges and other buildings have solar power units on terraces but are unable to connect them to the grid without a net meter which calculates the number of ... Read More »

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